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Tuesday 1 March 2011 Saint Lucian police have vowed to keep up the pressure on criminals and their supporters operating in various communities around the island.


Acting Police Commissioner Mr Vernon Francois has disclosed that the mood among the police is very upbeat and officers remain committed to fighting crime head-on.


In providing an update on “Operation Restore Confidence” to the GIS, Commissioner Francois said law enforcement officials continue to reap success after extending the operation to the south of the country.


We continue our operation in areas that we consider to be crime hot spots. We also have constant patrols in those areas.

We have also extended our reach to some areas in the south of the island which we view as areas of concern. Generally, Operation Restore Confidence is going on quite well. I definitely want to thank Saint Lucians for the tremendous support they have given to the police department, I think they obviously have to be concerned with what is going on in their country; we need their continued support in order to make this country a better place.”

The Commissioner says police will not retreat nor surrender until criminal gangs are dismantled and made to comply with the laws of the country.

Commissioner Francois says the aim is to make Saint Lucia safer for all citizens, business operators and visitors alike.

Previously, people have this mindset that police operations are only for a short period of time and then we retreat after we have dealt with a particular problem but we propose to sustain what we are doing presently. I know it's a challenge and hard work for our very committed police officers, but we believe that it is important for us to sustain the operation which we have embarked upon.”

Commissioner Francois says as the police press on with the task at hand, they also want to work with individuals with criminal intent and people who are sympathetic to criminals, to begin the process of reforming their mindsets.


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